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Moderate earthquake hits Pakistan

world Updated: Dec 10, 2008 08:39 IST

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck mountainous southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

The shallow quake, at a depth of just 10 kilometres, was centred 46 kilometres from Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, which followed a 5.2-magnitude tremor yesterday, struck at 3:52 am local time, close to the centre of the devastating 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Baluchistan in late October, killing about 300 people.

Thousands of survivors are still living in tents in the remote area, which has seen freezing temperatures and heavy rain in recent days.